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Gloucester stakes a claim for remains of Richard lll
8:20am Monday 18th March 2013 in News
THE saga over where the remains of Richard III should be buried has taken a new twist – with a third city throwing its hat into the ring.
The bones of the last Yorkist king were discovered during an archaeological dig in Leicester and the city’s university will now decide where they are reinterred.
A campaign for the monarch’s last resting place to be York has seen more than 25,000 people sign a petition.
However, Gloucester councillor Sebastian Field has now launched a separate petition on the Government’s website calling for Richard’s remains to be buried in the city’s cathedral, due to the fact the king was Duke of Gloucester and gave the city its charter in 1483.
He said Gloucester also had a stronger claim than Leicester.
Justice Minister Jeremy Wright last week said he would broker a meeting between York and Leicester representatives to resolve the argument between the two cities over where Richard should be reinterred.
York has agreed to the meeting, but Leicester’s civic leaders have said there is no point as the matter has been settled.